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New Author Challenge 2009

January 1 – December 31, 2009

Literary Escapism is hosting the New Author Challenge for 2009.

  1. There is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges.
  2. YOU decide how many new authors you want to try in 2009 and then that’s your challenge.
  3. To join, go to the post about the challenge and add your name to the Mr. Linky.
  4. If you do not have your own blog, you can join the group blog here.
  5. Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome
  6. When you read a new author, write your review (either at your site or the group blog) and then go back to the post about the challenge and post a link to your review.

For the last two years I have kept track of new authors I have read. In 2007, I read books by 56 new-to-me authors. For 2008, I will have read more than 70 new to me authors.  Based on these statistics (and the likelihood that I will continue to read books by new authors), I am shooting for 50 new-to-me authors for 2009. I will list them here with links to my reviews of their work.

  1. Adiga, Aravind – The White Tiger (Completed January 3, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  2. Petterson, Per – Out Stealing Horses (Completed January 6, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  3. Curnutt, Kirk – Breathing Out the Ghost (Completed January 11, 2009; 4.5/5; read my review)
  4. Henricksen, Bruce – After the Floods (Completed January 18, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  5. Baker, Tiffany – The Little Giant of Aberdeen County (Completed February 3, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  6. Hinnefeld, Joyce – In Hovering Flight (Completed February 7, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  7. Henkin, Josh – Matrimony (Completed February 11, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  8. Koppel, Lily – The Red Leather Diary (Completed February 14, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  9. Lahiri, Jhumpa – Unaccustomed Earth (Completed February 22, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review )
  10. Harris, Joanne – Chocolat (Completed February 26, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  11. Addiego, John – The Islands of Divine Music (Completed March 1, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  12. Taylor, Andrew – Bleeding Heart Square (Completed March 11, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  13. Kelly, Mary Pat – Galway Bay (Completed March 23, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  14. Fitzgerald, Penelope – Offshore (Completed March 27, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  15. Brady, Catherine – The Mechanics of Falling and Other Stories (Completed March 30, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  16. O’Neill, Joseph – Netherland (Completed April 4, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  17. Ames, Greg – Buffalo Lockjaw (Completed April 6, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  18. Howe, Katherine – The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (Completed April 12, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  19. Bauermeister, Erica – The School of Essential Ingredients (COMPLETED April 17, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  20. Scott, Joanna – Follow Me (COMPLETED April 25, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  21. Mayo, C.M. – The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire (COMPLETED May 1, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  22. Black, Benjamin – Christine Falls (COMPLETED May 6, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review) AND The Silver Swan (COMPLETED May 11, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  23. Rushdie, Salman – Midnight’s Children (COMPLETED May 30, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  24. French, Tana – In The Woods (COMPLETED May 22, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  25. Hendricks, Judith Ryan – The Laws of Harmony (COMPLETED May 26, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  26. Zawatzky, Joan – The Scent of Oranges (COMPLETED May 30, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  27. Mandel, Emily St. John – Last Night In Montreal (COMPLETED June 1, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  28. Holton, Cathy – Beach Trip (COMPLETED June 5, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  29. Summerscale, Kate – The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher (COMPLETED June 7, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  30. Jackson, Lisa – Malice (COMPLETED June 8, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  31. Murphy, D.J. – A Thousand Veils (COMPLETED June 13, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  32. Lippman, Laura – What The Dead Know (COMPLETED June 16, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  33. Van Booy, Simon – Love Begins in Winter (COMPLETED June 19, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  34. Gershow, Miriam – The Local News (COMPLETED June 29, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  35. Ghosh, Amitav – Sea of Poppies (COMPLETED July 12, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  36. Barbery, Muriel – The Elegance of the Hedgehog (COMPLETED July 18, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  37. Kogan, Deborah Copaken – Between Here and April (COMPLETED July 20, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  38. Ferraris, Zoe – Finding Nouf (COMPLETED July 24, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  39. Tinti, Hannah – The Good Thief (COMPLETED July 29, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  40. Livesey, Margot – The House on Fortune Street (COMPLETED August 3, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  41. Hill, Lawrence – Someone Knows My Name (COMPLETED August 12, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  42. Listfield, Emily – Best Intentions (COMPLETED August 9, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  43. Mosley, Walter – The Long Fall (COMPLETED August 11, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  44. Newmark, Elle – The Book of Unholy Mischief (COMPLETED August 18, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  45. Stockett, Kathryn – The Help (COMPLETED September 3, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  46. Tucker, Lisa – The Promised World (COMPLETED September 21, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  47. Freeman, Ru – A Disobedient Girl (COMPLETED September 28, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  48. Naipaul, V.S. – A Bend in the River (COMPLETED October 3, 2009; rated 1/5; read my review)
  49. Prose, Francine – Goldengrove (COMPLETED October 7, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  50. Roesch, Mattox – Sometimes We’re Always Real Same-Same (COMPLETED October 11, 2009; rate 3.5/5; read my review)
  51. Piazza, Tom – City of Refuge (COMPLETED October 18, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  52. Erdrich, Louise – Love Medicine (COMPLETED October 24, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  53. Cristofano, David – The Girl She Used To Be (COMPLETED October 24, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  54. Somerville, Patrick – The Cradle (COMPLETED October 24, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  55. Orgain, Diana – Bundle of Trouble (COMPLETED October 25, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review)
  56. Stein, Garth – The Art of Racing in the Rain (COMPLETED November 3, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  57. Markson, Maud Carol – Looking After Pigeon (COMPLETED November 10, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  58. Thornton, Rosy – Crossed Wires (COMPLETED November 23, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  59. Muller, Herta – The Passport (COMPLETED November 24, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  60. Lee, Roberta MD – The Superstress Solution (COMPLETED November 27, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  61. Undset, Sigrid – Kristin Lavransdatter (COMPLETED December 20, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review of The Wreath, The Wife, and The Cross)
  62. Shortridge, Jennie – When She Flew (COMPLETED December 24, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  63. Satrapi, Marjane – Persepolis AND Persepolis 2 (COMPLETED December 28, 2009; rated 4/5 and 4.5/5; read my reviews of Persepolis and Persepolis 2)

2 Comments

  1. December 13, 2008    

    This one should be easy with all the ARC’s we receive. I’m going to figure what challenges I’m going to do for 2009 soon.

  2. December 14, 2008    

    Teddy: I agree – part of why I read so many new authors in 2008 was the ARCs….

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